FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.
“Up Yours” by Howard Rosenberg (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Fiction, Mystery
Ted Milo, until recently the Charles Dickens of obit writers, is dislodged from his carefree new life by a bizarre collision of homicides and hemorrhoids in the fancy Los Angeles suburb of Friendly Lake. Actually…not so friendly, Ted and his wife, Liv, soon discover.
Ted has ditched his long newspaper career to embrace the nouveau riche life he’d always ridiculed after inheriting a fortune from a distant relative. He is floating blissfully, contemplating the fruits of wealth, little on his fiftyish mind beyond bladder control, when a visit to a physician turns him into a sleuth with cold-blooded murders to solve.
“You’re doing this why, because the Navy SEALS aren’t hiring?” chides Liv when learning she’s now married to Sam Spade. “And your dream of playing center field for the Dodgers—dashed?” Every gumshoe requires a “tomato,” though, and Liv is Ted’s when bodies hit the slab in this twisty mystery that exposes the warty underside of seemingly tranquil suburbia.
“Up Yours!” is a contemporary take on the classic “whodunnit” murder mystery novel. We have the main character Ted, a 50 something retired orbit writer, who decides to take on the case of finding out who killed Friendly Lake’s pharmacist, Sam Fine. Along the way he gets some help from his wife Liv, his own personal go to cop, Tiles, and others. The story is fast paced and as you read along you’re constantly trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding the seemingly normal suburbia town.
I really enjoyed reading this novel since I am a big fan of reading mystery genre books. I was kept on my toes the entire time reading the book as it threw various twists and turns the closer I thought I was to solving the case. I also liked the writing style of the book. Rosenberg creates a cast of lively and fun characters as well as an interesting story line. I found the little snippets of orbit pieces before each chapter witty and funny.
Overall I think anybody who enjoys a good mystery novel will enjoy this clever and fun book. “Up Yours!” gets a 4 out of 5 stars from me!
Howard Rosenberg earned a Pulitzer Prize and numerous other honors during 25 years as TV critic for the Los Angeles Times. He teaches news ethics, critical writing and a TV symposium at the University of Southern California and resides in a far-off Los Angeles suburb with his wife, two cats and a bird, all of whom tend to ignore him.His favorite pastime is slam dunking and working out with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his dreams.
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